Green Party candidate for Greenbank ward, Lawrence Brown, has joined with Green Party Councillors to urge the City Council to put more measures in place to slow traffic down on the roads around Sefton Park. Councillors from other parties are being asked to support the proposals.
Lawrence Brown comments, “local residents have raised concerns about crossing the road into the park, which can be dangerous. Parents with young children and the elderly have told us they find it particularly intimidating.”
Now that the road resurfacing is almost complete, the average speed of traffic is rising and it is only a matter of time before collisions between vehicles and other road users increase. The distance around the park is 2 miles and this is far too great for a few zebra crossings to make a big difference. We need to ban HGVs, narrow all of the wide junctions and implement physical measures such as pinch points to deter traffic from using the park roads as quick short cuts to get from ‘A to B’.
Current City Council plans:
– 2 Zebra crossings at Elmswood Road and St Hilda’s School.
– 1 upgrade to a Zebra crossing at Lark Lane
– Junction at Croxteth Drive/Mossley Hill Drive narrowed.
What Lawrence would like to see:
– All wide junctions narrowed to ease crossing for pedestrians.
– 20mph speed limit
– Slowing measures to enable residents in properties near the park to safely access their homes.
– Ban all HGVs except those that have to use the road for deliveries to schools, hotels, etc.
– National guidance on changes to road layouts followed.
– More provision for cyclists and pedestrians generally.